|Galatians 5:5 |
5 For we, through the Spirit, by faith, patiently wait for the hope of righteousness.1 [Faith comes with the receipt of the fruit of the Spirit. Gal 5:22-23 below. Only when you have produced fruit, walking in love, fulfilling the law, then you are imputed righteous; and then no law applies to you. Gal 5:23 below. Later, when you have been born again to become a new creature that is in union with Christ and the Father, then you possess the righteousness of God; then is the end of imputation and belief. See Footnote 3 of 1 John 3 for the definition of righteousness.]
1 we, through the Spirit, by faith, patiently wait for the hope of righteousness.
we, through the Spirit, by faith, patiently wait —
How do we wait? Reading books, watching TV, playing games, reading the Bible, etc.? No! This waiting is how to seek God's salvation and righteousness, which Jesus told us should be our first priority in life. Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness. Mat 6:33. This is the waiting that the prophets of the Old Testament and the believers of the New Testament observed. To wait on God is to persistently sit in humble silence, listen for his voice and words, watch for his revelations, hear his commands, and then obey Him. This is the key to spiritual growth: to wait on God, listen, and watch; this is part of the cross. This is how to sit at the feet of the Spirit of Jesus and listen to his words, which Jesus told us was the "good part" and "only one thing needed:"
And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus' feet and heard his word.
"There is only one thing needed, and Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her." Luke 10:39,42
We hear his word from within our hearts. Rom 10:8,17. The words he speaks to us are spirit and life. John 6:63
The one thing needed is to sit at the feet of Jesus and listen to his words, the words he speaks to us from within our hearts that are spirit and life. We too must sit silently and wait on the Lord, to listen, to hear, and obey.
Notice also: what she hears will not be taken away from her. Those teachings will survive passing through the fire that everyone must endure.
All your holy ones are in your power. And they sit at your feet, each receiving your words. Deu 33:3
To wait on God, listen, watch, and obey is the cross, which is the way to purity and salvation, the deliverance from all sin.
wait for the hope of righteousness.
Here Paul is speaking of the hope of righteousness to be patiently waited for by the Spirit in faith. See Footnote 3 to 1 John 3:7 for the definition of righteousness.
There is an imputed righteousness that comes with the measure of faith received with the fruit of the Spirit, which is rewarded to those who have crucified their selfish, evil spirit on the inward cross of self-denial, but not before. Believing in Jesus is not the faith that imputes righteousness; see Footnote 2 of Romans 3 for the detail of imputed righteousness.
John warns us: Little children, let no man deceive you. He who practices righteousness is righteous, even as He is righteous. 1 John 3:7. All unrighteousness is sin. 1 John 5:17. Jesus only spoke, judged, and did as He was prompted and ordered by God; to practice righteousness we also must be able to only speak what we hear Him order us to say and only do what we are ordered to do by God. This ability only comes after we have crucified our selfish spirit and sin has been destroyed by the Spirit through bearing the inward cross of self-denial; then we are walking the same way He walked and in the world as He was with perfection, purity, and holiness. We must be restored to the image of God that Adam lost in the Garden; to put on the newly created nature [of Christ], which is created in God's image of true righteousness and holiness. When we are righteous, everything we say and do is just, fair, morally correct, perfect, true, holy, virtuous, good, and pure. When we are righteous, everything we say and everything we do is right — righteousness.
Paul is speaking of the end of imputed righteousness with the possession Christ and his righteousness, which comes with being born again in union with Christ, Him then being our controlling King who rules our thoughts, words, deeds. This is the righteousness in the new creature, the resurrection of you together with Christ in the crucified believer. And Paul has defined faith to be obedience to the leading of the Spirit, which faith comes with the fruit of the Spirit, (verse 22), which fruit comes those who have crucified their sinful natures. See also footnotes to Gal 3:24-25. From the Word of the Lord within:
- There is no righteousness apart from God.
- Righteousness need be created.
- Aim at and pursue righteousness, without which no one will see the Lord.
- There is a righteousness imputed only after death.
- We, through the Spirit, wait for the hope of righteousness.
- The Spirit makes alive unto righteousness.
- Awake to righteousness and sin not.
- He who does righteousness is through with sin.
- Pursue righteousness and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord.
- He who is righteous is done with sin.
- Make yourselves slaves to righteousness, whose reward is holiness.
Righteousness is imputed when you receive faith with the fruit of the Spirit, against which is no law, to then walk in love, obeying the continuous commands of Christ; this occurs at the death of your selfish spirit on the inward cross of self-denial. When you possess the fullness of Christ, that ends imputation, and you are righteous as He is righteous. Until then we, through the Spirit, by faith, patiently wait for the hope of righteousness, Gal. 5:5. We wait by hearing the Lord speak to us from within our heart and believing what he says. We exercise our faith to carry the inward cross of self-denial, which is to obey the commands we hear God speak to us as we wait, watch, and listen in silence for his directions, teachings, commands, encouragements, convictions, and destruction of sin in our hearts.